|The very basic tea making equipment|
If you are not convinced, if you happen to see some professionals in tea brewing competition or someone doing tea making demonstration in a mall, just watch what they are using to brew tea. Most often you will see these people are brewing tea with this cup. They handle the cup and lid so skillfully using their fingers as they go about making the tea. I will tell you why this humble tea cup is ideal for tea brewing.
Now why people give up their favorite Yixing pot made by some famous potter and choose this humble cup during tea making competition. It is simple to understand. Yixing pot has a unique characteristic, the clay traps the flavor/fragrance of the tea it is brewed with. Well, this is okay if you stick to the same tea with the same pot. Now if you like a variety of Chinese tea, just imagine the great number of teapots you have to use. Not forgetting the fact that after a while you tend to forget which pot is for what tea. It is okay if you are not that particular as to the purity and essence of the tea you consumed.
But in tea-making competition, you cannot afford to have the fragrance and essence of your tea influenced by the utensil you use. Don't forget the tea you brewed will be tasted by a panel of experts who have sharp nose and tongue. Hence you have no choice but use this unattractive simple cup in major event. As this cup is made of glass, it will certainly not affect the tea you brew. This means the cup will be a neutral party where the tea is able to brew to its fullest potential. If you need to change to a different tea, just discard the spent leaves, wash and clean the cup and you will be ready for the next brew.
|The ultimate tea set|
If you like a variety of Chinese tea, why not invest in this simple tradition Chinese glass cup with a lid. You don't need to invest in a couple of pots for this purpose. Then you will have endless fun in your pursuit of the mystery and benefits of Chinese tea.
Here are the sequence of events when using the glass cup:
|Load 8 g of tea into cup|
|Rinse the tea with hot water (or wake the tea up)|
|Discard the first round of tea (proper way of handling the cup)|
|Refilling the cup with hot water and pour out brewed tea|
|Dispense tea into smaller cups for drinking|
|Green puerh tea - 12 years of age|